The Garden Rooms at Tennants is a hub for arts and culture in the Yorkshire Dales. Set over two floors our galleries were built to expand and complement our thriving auction centre: with ever-changing displays of highlights from the saleroom and stand-alone exhibitions, there is always something new to see.

Tennants Auctioneers is privileged to handle a diverse range of art and antiques, and rare and beautiful objects with a rich history. From large private Country House collections to exquisite 18th century costume, colourful Moorcroft pottery to vintage toys and train sets we now have the opportunity to display many fascinating objects for our visitors to enjoy before they once more return to a private collection and away from public sight.


In addition to displaying our own auction items we are able to host loan exhibitions, bringing highlights from The Bowes Museum and other institutions to the Dales.  Moreover, we are able to stage educational exhibitions exploring some of the art and antiques that pass through our salerooms in greater detail. Indeed, in 2016, we were delighted to hold the first ever exhibition of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson furniture, in conjunction with his descendants.

Selling exhibitions of local, contemporary art on the Upper Gallery allows us the opportunity to promote local talented artists working in the region, such as Lucy Pittaway and Alister Colley, and with free entry everyone can enjoy their work. A bright and modern space, the gallery is perfect for holding exhibition preview evenings with wine and canapes served amongst the art: a great way to launch an exhibition. To complement our displays and exhibitions, we also hold arts and crafts workshops and lectures from visiting speakers.

20th July – 16th August

Clocks of the Vales and Dales

20th July – 16th August

This summer, we are delighted to welcome a new exhibition. With over 60 grandfather clocks, wall and table clocks, watches and barometers, it will be an impressive display of Yorkshire’s proud clock-making history. The exhibition runs from 20th July – 16th August.

Yorkshire has a long history of clock-making. In the late 17th century the crafting of longcase clocks moved away from London, and a thriving industry developed in the North. Eventually, every town had its own clockmaker, and a fascinating diversity of styles developed around regional centres.

The exhibition will showcase over fifty clocks from York, Easingwold, Ripon, Thirsk, Northallerton, Bedale, Masham, Richmond, Reeth, Leyburn, Middleham, Askrigg and Hawes.

Of particular interest to horologists will be at least ten early clocks from York and there will be a particularly strong representation of Wensleydale clock makers. The exhibition will also include a number of unusual clocks from elsewhere in Yorkshire.

The exhibition has been organised by a group of Clock enthusiasts – Dr David Severs of Northallerton, Edward Bacon of York, David Varley of Newton-on-Ouse and Howard Walker of Brompton-on-Swale. Admission is free, but the organisers will be fundraising for The Friarage MRI Scanner Appeal throughout the exhibition.

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